Carpenters, electricians and painters are just some of the tradies being called upon to help give the Gaelic Club in Sydney a major face-lift.
The Gaelic Club, based in Devonshire Street, Sydney, is an Irish cultural centre and a social centre for the Irish-Australian community.
The club is planning some long-overdue changes so that it can be a venue for members and the wider Irish community to enjoy.
Currently, the club is used for live entertainment, teaching of traditional music, dance and the Irish language, and has a licensed bar, dance floor, kitchen and meeting room, which members and guests can use for functions.
Designer Fiona Mathie has completed the concept plans for the improvements to the club, which have been approved by the club’s board.
These include a new bar, snug area, updated lighting, furniture and decoration of the main area, a modern meeting room with audio/visual equipment and improvements to the front entrance, foyer, stairs, signage, and balcony.
Gaelic Club director Karl Kinsella said the club is keen to hear from tradesmen in the Irish-Australian community who are willing to chip in and carry out work at cost price or “mates’ rates”.
“The club has only so much money, and big ambitions, so generous tradesmen can help us put together an attractive bar and entertainment area.
“In return, we’ll provide a club that is comfortable and looks good, where we and our families can all hear good music, have a party, or meet up with friends,” added Karl.
Gaelic Club President Paul Mortimer said pricing of the first stages of work is still ongoing, but that it is hoped the work can be completed prior to Christmas.
“At the moment we are still working out the cost. One or two people have already said they will help out, so now that we have a plan and some money, we are ready to start once some more people offer to help.”
Those willing to help out can contact Karl on 0408 965 206, or phone the Gaelic Club on 9212 1587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.